New Orleans – The The Most Amazing Coach Hire in LSU Football History Called for grand entrance, Superdome delivered.
Brian KellyThe LSU Tigers took to the field Sunday amidst fireworks Worth a Pink Floyd concertTransferring quarterback Jaden Daniels extended a blazing entrance with a 25-yard run on LSU’s first play from scrimmage.
And the Tigers went up in flames.
of LSUs Lost 24-23 to Florida State On Sunday, it served as a dud opening to the Kelly Era.
Shyheim Brown blocked Damien Ramos’ extra point with time running out and a game filled with failures ended properly.
The worst part for LSU? The Seminoles (2-0) and coach Mike Nobel made enough gaffes, including 0 points for two trips within 10 yards, that LSU had a chance to win. did. But the Tigers (0-1), looking as flawed as last year’s team, which suffered a losing record for the first time since 1999, couldn’t make the cut.
Nick Saban has eight wins in his first season with LSU.Sunday showed just how much work the Tigers have in store for Kelly to reach that goal.
At least Daniels fueled up enough yardage in the second half to provide reason for optimism. He almost forced overtime by leading a stunning 99-yard touchdown drive .
Tigers defensive end BJ Ojulari said it was “unbelievable” that the extra point was blocked. “It’s so simple, we practice every day, every day, but it’s just execution.”
“I was stunned and confused,” said Daniels, who had consulted with a nutritionist on the sidelines during the decisive kick, but learned of the results from the crowd’s reaction.
What plagued LSU the most was its offensive line, special teams, or secondary.
Daniels stayed out of trouble for much of the game, and the Tigers never tried to establish a run game. LSU’s vaunted defensive line looked mediocre compared to FSU’s constant passing rush. A bad snap from the new center his Garrett Dillinger interrupted the drive.
A goofy block assignment allowed FSU to block a field goal. Jay Bramblett shanked his 31-yard punt. Malik Neighbors made his two punts and he muffed the return.
Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis plagued the LSU secondary on third down.
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The LSU’s premier offensive weapon, the Kayshon Boutte, was at a disadvantage. He failed to secure a touchdown grab when Daniels threw a perfect ball against tight 1-1 coverage. but Baute’s attention was elsewhere and the ball bounced off his body. Boutte then dropped two passes to complete his tour of blunders.
The preseason hype included tales of Kelly instilling more discipline in the Tigers, but that wasn’t the case when defensive tackle Mason Smith held a celebration after a play in the first quarter. This was before he injured Ali Gay was ejected for blatant targeting. Discipline remained MIA during FSU’s first touchdown. This was done with a reverse flea flicker pass. LSU’s safety pursued the opposite, and FSU’s Ontario Wilson slid behind cornerback Mekhi Garner for a 39-yard touchdown. Twice, LSU committed multiple penalties on the same play.
It’s hard to imagine the Tigers looking more clumsy if a shirtless Ed Augeron replaces Kelly on the sidelines.
Norvell did their best to lead LSU to victory. His poor decision to opt for a 4th down (a fade his route ended imperfectly) instead of a chip shot field goal before halftime proved to be almost costly.
Seminole fans had to catch their breath one last time after getting through much of the second half with Tomahawk chops. But, in case you didn’t know, LSU’s line split, creating the perfect path for Brown to run through and block an extra point.
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A little patience should be given to first-year coaches, but calls for patience at LSU ring hollow after Florida upsets No. 8 Utah State under new coach Billy Napier.
Kelly boasts a $100 million contract and the most complete resume of any LSU recruit. He’s not trying to assuage the high expectations he knows he’s up against.
“Start now to build the next national championship football team at Louisiana State University,” Kelly said after his hire. “That’s the standard. Expectations.”
Why not start by taking the first step? Like a lineman blocking the defender in front of him.
The success of the Kerry era isn’t decided by this first bout, but that’s fortunately because there was little worth remembering about his smoky debut.
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